By Philip James
Jamie Murray/John Peers def Nicolas Almagro/ Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 7-6(5)
Murray, once again partnering Australian John Peers, beat the all-Spanish team of Nicolas Almagro and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 7-6(5) in the semi-final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship on Friday.
The Spaniards had both been in singles action earlier that day with Almagro, seeded first in singles, winning his quarterfinal in straight sets.
But Ramirez Hidalgo had lost to wildcard Rhyne Williams in a match lasting two and a half hours, before they faced Murray and Peers.
This week at the ATP250 tournament is Murray’s best of the season so far, and his first final of 2013.
It also represents a quick turnaround from the disappointing first round exit at the Leon Challenger in Mexico last week when he and Peers (ranked 84th and 70th in the world respectively) were second seeds.
In contrast, Bob and Mike Bryan have been in four finals already this year and won all of them while they lead the next best doubles team by a whopping 2225 points in the team rankings.